Sunday 26 March 2017

Former Armagh star Ronan Clarke in intensive care following serious head injury in club match

31 May 2009; Ronan Clarke, Armagh. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Tyrone v Armagh, St. Tiernach's Park, Clones, Co.Monaghan. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
31 May 2009; Ronan Clarke, Armagh. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Tyrone v Armagh, St. Tiernach's Park, Clones, Co.Monaghan. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
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Former Armagh GAA star Ronan Clarke is in a "stable" condition after being admitted into intensive care following a serious head injury in a club match according to local reports.

Clarke, a member of the Armagh side which defeated Kerry the 2002 All-Ireland Football Final, was transported to Craigavon Hospital where his condition is being described as "serious but stable" according to BBC Northern Ireland.

The 32-year-old is reported to have suffered a head injury while playing for Pearse Og against Maghery in the Armagh club championship last night, a game Maghery won on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-08.

Clarke had scored two points before suffering the injury. It is believed Clarke collided into a goalpost on the pitch before being rushed to hospital.

The GAA community has rallied Clarke, with former Wexford forward Matty Forde among those to offer his support.

"Terrible news regarding Ronan Clarke,here's to a quick and full recovery #topplayer #topman," he posted on his Twitter account.

One of the deadliest forwards in his prime, Clarke was awarded All Stars in 2006 and 2008.

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